Report: Apple Watch 2 will include a FaceTime camera, native Wi-Fi, new models and more

Report: Apple Watch 2 will include a FaceTime camera, native Wi-Fi, new models and more
Early adopters may have dived straight in and grabbed the Apple Watch already, but many seem convinced that waiting for a more refined second-gen variant may be a smarter move. A new report indicates that those skipping the initial release may be justified in their decision, since the second-coming of Apple Watch could boast a front-facing camera, independent Wi-Fi connection and more.

While Apple suggests that demand for its first wrist-worn computer is outstripping supply, the tech world remains fairly apathetic towards this emerging product category. After the success of the Pebble, Apple is one of a number of big names to have dipped its toes into the smartwatch pool, but despite reports of sales in excess of one million, the jury's still very much out on whether Apple Watch is a genuine game-changer or a passing fad. 

At a day and age where most mobile devices have a camera of some description, many have questioned Apple Watch's lack of shooter. It'd be cynical to suggest that Apple purposely dropped the camera in order to coax users into purchasing second-generation edition, but according to sources of 9to5Mac, the next Apple Watch may well pack a FaceTime video camera. 

Apparently, Apple is toying with the idea of baking the camera into the top bezel of the Apple Watch 2, which would permit users to hold video calls through FaceTime and, presumably, capture selfies and such. With the just-announced watchOS 2.0 software update having drafted in support for FaceTime audio calling on the Apple Watch, video chat would seem a natural next step. While Apple does appear to be considering the camera integration, though, such plans could easily change, so nothing's definite as yet.

Apple is also working on affording its wearable more independence through what is being referred to as the "tether-less" initiative. As the reference implies, the aim of this endeavor is to bolster Apple Watch's functionality when not connected to an iPhone. With the report also alluding to a new, in-house Wi-Fi chip, the next Watch should be able to perform many more tasks without consulting an iPhone. The device won't become a completely self-sufficient entity, though, with the report adding that an iPhone will probably still be needed for software updates, media file syncing, and so forth. 

At present, there's a gulf in pricing between the numerous Apple Watch models. The aluminum Apple Watch Sport and the stainless steel Apple Watch are in the hundreds of dollars, while the Edition range is upward of $10,000. Cupertino is apparently planning to diversify its line-up by adding more models within the $1,000 and $10,000 range, possibly comprised of materials such as titanium, tungsten, palladium and platinum.

The next-gen Apple Watch is expected to make its way to market in 2016, and could, perhaps, arrive in April as the first model did this year. 

Let us know what you'd like to see included with the Apple Watch 2 by leaving your thoughts in the comments. 

source: 9to5Mac via Engadget

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28 Comments

1. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Can you guys reduce the amount of adds we get while browsing on the phone? Feels like its not a phones related site but rather a porn site.

11. engineer-1701d unregistered

i feel bad for the ios watch owners first watch cost them 400 to 600 for basic and a strap now the facetime camera of 1mp will run the basic watch 2 up to 600 starting

27. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Don't feel bad. You know what they say about a fool and his money.

13. waddup121 unregistered

Using the watch as Wifi ftw

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7520; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So let me get this straight. The existing WiFi chipset that Apple supposedly used cannot support the new standalone features that they want to do with, and people will have to wait for the next generation Apple watch. So to sum it up the current WiFi in Apples watch is useless. Way to go Apple. Another scenario could be that Apple really never put WiFi in the watch in the first place.

28. Rock_Hardwood

Posts: 117; Member since: May 11, 2015

nothing wrong with porn

4. JoeDirt

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 19, 2013

I highly doubt it will include a camera. Maybe 3rd or 4th gen, but it seems too early for Apple to make a drastic change like that. We all know how patient and methodical Apple is with their design changes.

16. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

iPad 1 vs iPad 2. Look it up.

5. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

they should've included these in first generation but hey it's apple! they want you to change your watch just after a year.

9. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Some other companies are on their 3rd gen already.

6. gmacek

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Remember when everyone laughed at Samsung for including a camera and the ability to take calls on their Gear watches? I still do and still don't think it's a good idea.

17. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Ummmm, most people laughed at the fact that the camera was used mainly as a camera and it looked like a pimple. Apple's camera is mostly for video chat/selfies.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

And you know this because you have an Apple Watch with those features?

7. thxultra

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Apple is going to be hard pressed to get me to buy a new smart watch every year or even every couple of years. Honestly my apple watch doesn't do anything I need any better then my Samsung watch did except for the fact it works with my iphone. If I decided to go back to samsung I wouldn't have any problem going back to a samsung watch. Who cares if the new watch has a camera. I honestly have no desire to take a facetime call on my wrist. I want notifications, the ability to send quick text replies and the weather. They will have to come up with something pretty useful to get me to upgrade before my current watch dies or no longer pairs to my phone.

18. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I call BS. You're growing a fit because Apple will come out with a new watch a year later, but Samsung came out with 6 in less than 6 months? Man, sit your phony @$$ down some where.

31. thxultra

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Wow such anger over a tech product. I think you need some meds or something. If you read my post and use your brain you will see that I don't mind that apple is making a new watch next year. I expected them to do so. My point is that I will not be as apt to upgrade my apple watch as I am to upgrade my phone. I use my watch mainly for notifications and can't see myself doing much more with the small screen. Don't be hating on me because I say the apple watch is no better for what I use it for then my Samsung was. I know it must kill you that I don't think of Apple over Samsung or Samsung over apple. Maybe time for you to go wash your stained fan boy underwear.

8. talon95

Posts: 1002; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

This is where paying $10k for consumer electronics just doesn't make sense. It's not a mechanical Swiss watch that hasn't changed much in 50 years, so it will be outdated in 1 year, obsolete in 3 years, and probably un-repairable in 5 (just like phones and probably worse since you can't put a case on it) Don't plan on passing it down to your grandchildren.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

All the more reason I'm glad I changed my mind about it.

12. engineer-1701d unregistered

i truly think apple bit off more than it can chew " no pun intended" when it comes the watch market or wearables, its a real hard area to get right.

14. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Who says they gotta get it right? It'll still sell millions even if it were this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ac0i3q7lqh5fxg2/Apple%20iPoop.png?dl=0

15. Vaj87

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 18, 2015

comes with a groundbreaking 20 minutes battery life too.

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Wait, wasn't the original Gear criticized for habing a camera? Well I guess it will be amazing. Lol Second model already? Will these be the original ones they couldn't make on time and they are simply turning on more features? You know like how the iPhone had certain features just turned off or not added?

23. BoobyBuster

Posts: 62; Member since: Jun 18, 2015

This will put all those malware bugdroid watches to shame. The real smartwatch.

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Gosh you're dumb! Anyways this is my problem. Samsung has made several Gears over a span of 2 years. Apple had 2 years to watch everyone else. 2 years later thereally first watch isn't better than the watches others had 2 years ago. Now they are talking about a new model with WiFi and a camera? The first gear had a camera 2 years ago. Wifi? The Gear S has this too. Why is it in 2 years of watchimy they can't make something better. But you're saying it's gonna be better? I guess 1080p on the 6+ is somehow better than it was 2 years ago when other phone had it. With all the money Apple has, why does it take them 2 years or more to do the exact same thing everyone else has done? Can't you move faster with more money? Some companies ove slow because of low capital. What's Apple proble

26. BoobyBuster

Posts: 62; Member since: Jun 18, 2015

Another butthurt essay ROFL. Apple with 2 core processor, 1 GB ram, FHD and 750p screen and 8 MP camera still performs and looks better than your 50 core processors, 50 GB Ram, 23743p screen lagdroid. No one makes money with lagdroid ROFL.

30. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Nope it does not it only performs better as its running a 750p screen, it lags like crap on the iPhone 6 plus, also the s6 edge is faster in real life tests like opening apps and so on even when running on a 2k screen

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No it doesn't, and stop making exudes for Apple underpowdring it's devices. It's them being cheap is all.

29. Rock_Hardwood

Posts: 117; Member since: May 11, 2015

Will it be the apple watch 1s

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